[Mongrel] [ANN] Mongrel Service 0.3.0, native services for you!

Luis Lavena luislavena at gmail.com
Thu Nov 23 22:22:46 EST 2006

Hi folks,

For the past weeks I have been working in solve the problems with
mongrel_service and its *crazy* behavior related to standard

Job made this more slow than usual, but here we are: a beta release.

* What's New?

- This version of mongrel_service replaces mongrel_service ruby script
with a binary, pre-built executable coded using ServiceFB framework
[1] in FreeBASIC.

- The "change" will be transparent for you, you only need to
remove/install the service again and you're done. The binary will be
copied/updated automatically for you. This works with any
mongrel_rails version installed.

- With this we are trying to solve:
  a) weird problems when starting/stopping the service, say goodbye to that.
  b) unique codebase for fix things (mongrel_rails) instead of bunch of scripts.
  c) provide a simulation environment to report bugs or problems,
something not easy when running as service.

* How to install and use?

- Download the gem file from this url:
  http://mmediasys.com/releases/mongrel_service-0.3.0-mswin32.gem (62KB)

- Install it
  > gem install mongrel_service-0.3.0-mswin32.gem

- Create a new service as usual:
  > mongrel_rails service::install -N myservice

- Start it using "net"
  > net start myservice

VERY IMPORTANT: don't use this in production.

* What's planned?

- Add clustering functionality. Provide from the same service code,
launch N child ruby process to be balanced. Magical processor affinity
for each member of the cluster (cpu affinity is disabled right now).

- Add process monitoring. This functionality will relaunch the ruby
process for the service in case it crash due segmentation faults or
non recoverable errors in your rails application.

- Complete removal of win32-service dependency - we still use this for
install/remove procedures, but will be removed in following days.

* How to test and report issues?

This new version works encapsulating mongrel_rails script, so if your
applications fails I'm almost 100% sure that will crash no matter if
it run as service or a normal script.

Please remember that when installing the service, its set to run using
LocalService account. Use Service Control Manager from Administrative
Tools to change that.

1) Try starting your application using plain mongrel_rails command.

2) If that works, use mongrel service console simulation: (example)
  > c:\ruby\bin\mongrel_service.exe console single -c "c:\path to my
app" -p 4000 -e production

  - This will start the ruby process in the same way as the service.

3) If still doesn't work, report the problem in the tracker and attach
servicefb.log and mongrel_service.log files located in your ruby\bin
folder including details of OS, Service Pack, and the command line
used by the service.

Please excuse the length of this mail but wanted to be detailed as possible.

[1] ServiceFB : http://opensvn.csie.org/servicefb/trunk/README

Luis Lavena
Multimedia systems
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